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Pope Francis and the invocation of Blessed Imelda

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Who is Blessed Imelda and why does Pope Francis like to invoke her name?

In his historic interview with Jesuit editors for La Civiltà Cattolica and America magazine, Francis referred to Blessed Imelda in discussing his work as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, especially during the time when the country was under the rule of a military junta.

Francis’ words like ‘rain on a parched land’

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In the wake of an extensive Pope Francis interview in America magazine published online today, Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, called upon the U.S. bishops to end their “multi-million dollar efforts to marginalize LGBT people.”

It said it viewed Francis’ interview statements like “rain on a parched land.”

Pope Francis on women in his interview with 'America' magazine

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There's a lot to love in this interview in America magazine. You can feel a refreshing breath of fresh air with Pope Francis' emphasis on the church as the People of God and in statements like, "We should not even think ... that 'thinking with the church' means only thinking with the hierarchy of the church." Whoa! That opens a lot of freedom of thought in one sentence.

Sept. 21 day for more peace prayers, Francis says

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Pope Francis today renewed his call for Catholics and all Christians to continue praying for peace in the Middle East, especially Syria.

He reminded pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for his general audience today that Sept. 21 is "International Day of Peace," and that the world Christian leaders have called for all their members to pray for peace on that day.

Below is a Vatican Radio English translation of the Pope’s words.

Church is like our widowed mother, pope says

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The Catholic church is like the widowed mother of Nain in today’s Gospel from Luke, Pope Francis tells us. According to Vatican Radio, the pope sees the church as a mother who protects her children so that she can bring them to Jesus, just as the woman from Nain brought to him her son who had died. He goes on to call her “an icon of the church, because the church is in a sense widow.”

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